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asserting the problems were fixed. “The Department of Veterans Affairs is

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VA’s modernization of the claims process continues

This came to my attention yesterday along with some comments about this

‘Modernization” from various from well-respected veterans advocates around the country:
“Why does this bring me more concern than comfort…”
“Isn’t anyone concerned that VA will lose data on old “closed cases”

by digitizing he old claims before someone re-opens the claims?”

So VA is apparently removing some 310,000 inactive

C-files for conversion to digital format. 

Kind of strikes me that creates 310,000 opportunities for error to occur… 



Jim:  Another sad but true email--this one was waiting for me this morning. 

I think it speaks volumes about the actual VA experience for many.
/s/ Drew

Hi  Drew: You may not remember me but (redacted name of another veterans attorney) had

given me your name and we had spoken last year about applying for VA widow’s

benefits for my Mom.  I just wanted to thank you for the information.  Unfortunately by the

time they processed everything and finally approved her case and deposited the

first check this February, she had just passed away. However, I wanted to tell you that

we really appreciated your input - that VA site and the process is a hard thing to navigate.
With regards, XXXXXXXX



OK, take a look at this latest Proposed rule by VA.  It would have VA acquisition regulations

mirror those of the Federal acquisition regulations (or in layman’s terms—follow the same

rules that the rest of the Federal government follows for procurement actions). 

On its face it makes sense, right?  But why isn’t that already the case?  Shouldn’t

VA already be following the same procedures as the rest of the

government in terms of contracting and purchasing?  Looks like

there was some unnecessary duplication of effort, perhaps, in the past.

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